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by Takeshi Kogahara
Fuminao and Nagisa are a brother and sister who have lost their mother early. As they grow up, Fuminao becomes aware of his affection for Nagisa, and advances to a university in Tokyo to distance himself from her. In order to see her brother, who would not come home, Nagisa boards a night express bus for Tokyo, but dies in an accident en route. 3 years later, Fuminao sees Nagisa’s ghost in a tunnel he happens to visit. He then makes repeated visits to the tunnel with the hope of seeing her again, but to no avail. Drawn by his yearning for his sister whom he cannot see, Fuminao revisits his hometown.
by Kyoko Miyake
Femme Fatale is a story of two women - a serial killer and a journalist whose parallel lives touch and collide.
Yoko, 39, is a frustrated journalist working for a local paper. Stubborn, clumsy and too independent for a Japanese corporate world, she is marginalized at work. In private, she goes through a string of hopeless dates while secretly trying to get pregnant through random sex as well as through IVF.
When the local papers decide to cover the epidemic of lonely deaths, Yoko is assigned with a series of reportage titled ‘Going Solo’. Yoko follows cleaners tasked with cleaning up the apartments left after the lonely deaths. Out of the clues left behind by the lonely men emerges a mysterious woman who knew all the men. In her search for the woman, Yoko is both outraged and inspired by the mystery woman and her insatiable appetite for food and sex.
by Takeshi Fukunaga
Ashi has spent his adult life far away from home, trying to escape his roots as a descendant of indigenous Ainu people of northern Japan, Hokkaido. But when he finally makes the trek north to attend his sister’s traditional Ainu wedding, he develops an unexpected bond with his heritage.
Looking for a way to honor his late father, Ashi moves back to Hokkaido where he decides to attempt to revive the forgotten Ainu ritual, Iomante. To do this, he must capture a baby cub, raise it into a full-grown bear, and then sacrifice the animal. But when he embarks on the journey to put the ritual together, long-overdue confrontations with his family, as well as with the greater Ainu community, test his commitment to making peace with his past.
NHK will host the sixth annual Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo in August 2017, inviting a creative adviser who has been great mentor at the Sundance Labs. This year to lead the workshop, we have privilege to have Mr. Howard A. Rodman, screenwriter, educator, and president of Writers Guild of America West.